Ration cards for sex workers in Maharashtra

Published: October 4, 2011

The Maharashtra government on Monday distributed ration cards among 50 commercial sex workers from Mumbai’s red-light district Kamathipura, kick-starting a drive for the whole of the State.

“We would be treating victims of commercial sexual exploitation as a special category,” said Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh.

“It is very difficult for these women to obtain ration cards as you need address proof such as a letter from the landlord. Owing to the nature of their profession, no landlord is willing to vouch for them. Therefore, we have relaxed this norm. Ration officials will be visiting their places of stay to verify if they are staying and cooking there. On that basis they would be allotting ration cards. We will set up camps in [red-light] colonies to implement the drive,” Mr. Deshmukh said.

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